Construction projects give new meaning to the word 'groundbreaking' [Hampden]

Let's take a minute to discuss groundbreaking, because there seems to be an awful lot of it going on around Hampden.

I'm not referring to recent groundbreakings for Rotunda redevelopment or Skatepark of Baltimore's planned skateboarding park within Roosevelt Park. I'm talking about crews of contractors with jack hammers ripping up our streets and making a general mess of things, due largely to the past month's emergency water main repair by Baltimore City along The Avenue and surrounding streets..


So be careful out there – it's difficult to drive a block in any direction in the neighborhood these days and not run into some construction cones.

Here are some events worth navigating.

On Friday, Oct. 11, Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, celebrates an anniversary. In honor of turning 21 years old, the store is announcing the official grand opening of its new bar in the back of the store, The Eightbar, serving beer, wine and soda. It will also be the closing night reception for an exhibit of artwork of Jimmy Giegerich and Andrea Kalfas.

Later that night, head to the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., and check out Jeffrey Lewis And The Rain with guests The Creepers and Murderboats.

Baltimore Beer Week is a week-long series of events organized to highlight all things beer-related in the Chesapeake region. Events are planned citywide for the week of Oct. 18-27.

To celebrate, the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., is hosting a series of tastings. On Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7p.m., Union Craft Brewing Co., in Woodberry, will be there, and on Saturday, Oct.19, 2-4p.m., Blue Mountain Brewery of Virginia will featured.

On Wednesday Oct. 23, 5-7p.m., you can sample beer by Devil's Backbone Brewing Co., of Virginia. On Tuesday Oct. 22, from 5-7 p.m., you can get into some local Nepenthe Homebrew from the Woodberry area.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5-7p.m., Old Dominion Brewing Co. will have its brews available. On Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-7p.m., Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Brewing Co., in Halethorpe, will have a tasting.

And on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4-7p.m., Goose Island Brewing, of Chicago, will be offering their beer to sample.

And then, it's time once again for the annual A Taste of Hampden, Oct. 24 at the Hampden Family Center, 1104 W. 36th St., where you can sample some of the finest foods from some of the neighborhood's notable chefs. You can get delicious samples and refreshing libations for $35 per person, with the proceeds going to benefit the Hampden Family Center.

This year's participants include 13.5% Wine Bar, Birroteca, Cafe Hon, Common Ground, Corner BYOB, Golden West Cafe, Grano, The Food Market, Luigi's Italian Deli, Ma Petite Shoe, The Art House, Woodberry Kitchen and The Wine Source. You can get tickets at the Hampden Family Center.